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USBFlashCopy v1.9 Updated

webfork on 31 Aug 2014

USBFlashCopy backs up/synchronizes from external storage on the fly. The program runs in the background and copies all or select files from inserted media to a destination of your choice. Includes available copy throttle speed, minimum free space check to avoid filling up your drive, file filters, and can even be set to only copy from selected drives (by serial number).

New drives plugged in are prompted for a new copy profile and transfers include a progress bar. Ideal for people who do much of their work on remote computers and need to automate the process of backing up their files.

Functional in 64-bit. Note that fully transparent operations (no user notification; runs entirely in background) are only available in the registered version.

System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder: usbflashcopy.ini
License: Freeware for non-commercial use
How to extract: Download usbflashcopy.exe to a folder of your choice and launch.
What's new?
  • Fixes.
Latest comments
Midas on 2012-06-08 08:38

For a more in-depth review, read *webfork* excellent post in the forum:

webfork on 2012-06-09 17:11

:) thanks Midas

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Cobian Backup v9.5.0.201

webfork on 29 Dec 2013
  • 18MB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by zacory

Cobian Backup allows backups with scheduling, compression, encryption, filters, file splitting, remote client, backup-to-FTP and more. The program can read and backup open or locked files from WinXP onward.

System Requirements: WinAll
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Cobian.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Toucan, Back4Sure

PaperBack v1.10

webfork on 21 Apr 2014
  • 227KB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by JohnW

PaperBack lets you back up files to ordinary paper in the form of the oversized bitmaps. If you have a good laser printer with the 600 dpi resolution, you can save up to 500KB of uncompressed data on a single A4/Letter sheet. With integrated compression, up to 3MB can be stored on one sheet of A4/Letter paper. For data restoration, you will need a scanner with physical resolution that is 3-times the print resolution.

System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch PaperBak.exe.
What's new? PaperBack version 1.00 did not implement AES encryption properly.
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PJ on 2009-12-12 05:24

Hm, so I would have to use about a thousand pieces of paper to back up my latest snapshots... very efficient *g*

donald on 2010-06-10 14:04

Imagine saving something useful but small like a password or text encryption program.

This could outlast the flash memory you may have such a program stored on and allow for later recovery. (Acid free paper, sealed container with CO2 and no Oxygen)

And no it is not practical for very large files but I have heard that "small is beautiful"

MoisheP on 2013-12-19 21:05

Wonderful idea, thinking outside the box (or QR Matrix, as it were)! This opens up the door to many other possibilities...
Would it be possible to use a dot-matrix printer on aluminum foil?
How about laser printing on plastic film?
Steganography is another possibility: laser printers already do so -

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Toucan v3.1.0

webfork on 12 Feb 2014

Toucan is an advanced synchronization and backup tool with a variety of options including mirroring, incremental (only copy what's changed), encrypted, compression, and many more. File sets can be added or excluded using name, size, date, or regular expressions.

Compression formats include ZIP or 7-zip, and all encryption uses standard AES 256. Includes command line tools and advanced scripting for automated / batch jobs.

System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Partial. Toucan supports unicode, but the PortableApps launcher doesn't.
Path portability: Automatic compensation for dynamic drive letter in removable storage devices
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Toucan.exe.
What's new? This release has improvements in progress display, long and UNC path support in sync mode, improved rules interface, backup mirror mode and numerous other features and bug fixes.
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Meks on 2009-02-23 05:05

Same with me, doesn't work from the stick.

billie on 2009-03-14 07:57

nothing comes close to rsync. Go check it out then you'll agree.

Mixture on 2012-09-18 21:48

I have used version 2.2.1 for years and have had no problems at all.
Lucas, PeZett, Midas, Meks: Sorry to hear you cannot work Toucan.
billie: 'nothing comes close to rsync' ON YOUR PC, you mean. I have no need to go to another backup program. Good luck with your rsync software.

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Duplicati v1.3.4

Checker on 15 Mar 2014
  • 24MB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by procyon

Duplicati is a feature-rich backup client that allows user store compressed, encrypted backups locally or on a variety of remote services. The program can save bandwidth and disk writes by only backing up the parts of a file that have changed since the last backup. It can backup open/running programs, on demand or scheduled, and can run in the background with bandwidth and process priority limits to avoid interfering with other applications. Includes support for backups to Amazon S3, Windows Live SkyDrive, Google Drive (Google Docs), Rackspace Cloud Files or WebDAV, SSH and FTP.

Note: As portable software, it necessarily does not run at system startup so the available scheduling tools cannot function unless the program is actually running. To manually run a backup, just start the wizard and select "Run a backup immediately".

Cross platform (Mac/Linux) with available command-line tools.

Languages: Spanish, French, German, Danish, Portugese, Italian, and Chinese.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: .NET 2.0+
Stealth: ? Yes
License: LGPL
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice and launch Duplicati.exe --portable-mode
  2. When the Setup Wizard window appears, click "Cancel"
  3. Right-click the task bar item and select "Options"
  4. In the "Advanced" tab - modify the following:

    Temporary Folder: %DUPLICATI_HOME%\temp
    Signature Cache: %DUPLICATI_HOME%\Signature Cache

  5. Left-click the task bar icon to restart the Backup Wizard
What's new?
  • Fixed: Restore to a new machine also restored paths from the old machine. ( issue #331 , Thanks to Aaron Hamid)
  • Fixed: Better detection of invalid filenames. ( issue #707 )
  • Fixed: Crash when source folders contained no files. ( issue #710 )
  • Fixed: snapshot-policy=auto and usn-policy=auto now work properly. ( issue #711 , issue #716 )
  • Fixed: Restore crashed when advanced option --force was set. ( issue #720 )
  • Fixed: Improved the way settings override eachother. ( issue #726 )
  • Fixed: Installer now creates a desktop shortcut. ( issue #731 , Thanks to HGFEAON)
  • Fixed: Possible cause for "Error: The manifest file ... indicates that there should be x volumes, but the file list indicates y" with SSH backend fixed. ( issue #756 , Thanks to Albin Sunnanbo)
  • Fixed: Exit code is always "0". ( issue #771 )
  • Added: Translation for zn-HK which is Chinese, Hongkong. ( issue #768 , Thanks to Dick Tang)
  • Added: Russian translation. (Thanks to Philip Torchinsky)
  • Added: Commands for command line can be exported from UI. ( issue #236 , Thanks to Nicolas Hatier)
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Midas on 2012-12-25 18:48

Is this in anyway compatible with Amazon Cloud Drive?

webfork on 2012-12-26 23:22

Midas: sadly not... I've had difficulty finding any kind of interface for Amazon's Cloud drive that isn't logging in via a web browser. I really hope they open that up eventually.

Midas on 2012-12-27 03:29

Have you tried Gladinet Free Starter Edition?

It ain't portable, requires DotNET and kinda messed up my system, but it's the only proposition I found...

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